European River Explorer

Europe-Mediterranean
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What's included

Outside from: $4771*
Suite from: $7608*
Inside from: $4478*
*Indicative pricing only.
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Rotterdam Often called the gateway to Europe, the port city of Rotterdam is full of old-world charm. The harbor offers amazing views and a maze of wharves and canals, along with towering spires make for a beautiful sight. Take a stroll and duck into one of the pubs or eateries along the way. Only three pre World War II buildings in the city centre have survived and are worth a look - city hall, St. Laurence church and the White House. Explore the Museum Boymans van Beuningen, which houses a unique collection dating from the 14th century, or the Museum Voor Volkenkunde - home to ethnological exhibits. Exquisite architecture can be seen in many areas of Rotterdam, most notably in the Delfshaven quarter of the city - where 18th century houses are on display. For a laugh, check out Kijk-Kubus, an upside-down house.
  • Day 2 - At Sea
  • Day 3 - Brest Sitting by a natural harbor at the mouth of the Penfeld River in western Brittany, the city of Brest has a rich maritime history that stretches from the Middle Ages to today, as it is home to the main French naval base in the Atlantic. Brest’s strategic importance was first established in the 1600s, when Cardinal Richelieu created a naval base and arsenal here. Throughout the Napoleonic Wars, warships were produced in its dockyards. During World War I, Americans maintained a naval air station in Brest, then Germany took control of the city during World War II and stationed U-boat submarines in its harbor. Though much of the city was destroyed in 1944 after an Allied invasion, one of Brest’s most important sites escaped the bombing: the Château de Brest, a 13th-century castle that’s the oldest structure in town. Just across the Penfeld River stands the 14th-century tower Tour Tanguy; inside is a museum that showcases the history of the city prior to World War II, with dioramas, photographs, postcards and other objects.
  • Day 4 - La Rochelle Brandy and bordeaux wines come from the region surrounding La Rochelle. Taste these products of locals vineyards; learn about the brandy distillation process, where the top and bottom layers are discarded; discover the secret of barrel toasting that affects the palate of an aged red wine. If you don't already know what VSOP and XO stand for, you will soon.
  • Day 5 - Cruising Gironde Estuary
  • Day 5 - Bordeaux Situated on the Garonne River in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is above all famous for one thing: wine. Its full-bodied reds (and to a lesser degree its whites, rosés and sparkling wines) have made this a flourishing port since ancient times when it was the capital of the Roman province of Aquitania. But there's much more to see than wine cellars and vineyards. Explore the quays of the Port de la Lune and the crescent-shaped area along the Garonne’s Rive Gauche, resplendent with neoclassical buildings, elegant fountains and grand squares. As you wander the streets here, step into the landscaped green spaces or fine art institutions that give Paris a run for its money. The restaurants here are among the country's best (naturally, to pair with the region’s wines, from the three-euro refreshers to the premier grand crus), and include old-school brasseries and sleek on-the-cutting-edge newcomers. Outside the city of Bordeaux, there are plenty of easy day trips: Medieval villages, prehistoric caves and sprawling vineyards, whose restaurants and alfresco tasting rooms are top destinations for culture seekers and wine lovers alike.
  • Day 6 - At Sea
  • Day 7 - Leixoes (Oporto) From lovely Oporto enjoy a leisurely drive along the Rio d'Ouro (River of Gold) into port wine country. Hear the fascinating story of its origin; taste test the season's best.
  • Day 8 - Lisbon Find your way in the city that launched the Age of Discovery. Cross the River Tagus on its soaring suspension bridge, watched over by a colossal statue of Christ. Wander the maze of streets in the Alfama, the old Moorish quarter, dominated by the medieval Castle of St George where peacocks strut and shriek. Stroll the Baixa and refuse to leave without a pair of elegant shoes.
  • Day 8 - Scenic Cruising Tagus River
  • Day 9 - Gibraltar This strategic link between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean has been ruled by the Spanish, British and Moors. As long as the Barbary Apes remain, the British will rule Gibraltar this is the tradition that has held for 350 years. These pesky primates are a favorite with visitors despite their incessant chatter and light-fingered ways. Ride to the top of the Rock for great views over the Strait of Gibraltar-on a clear day you'll see Africa.
  • Day 10 - Motril Motril is the second highest town in the province after Granada. You'll enjoy its sunny beaches, exquisite tropical products and the heritage of its long history in the shape of churches, hermitages, civil buildings and the Museum of Sugar. You can also catch ferries from here to Morocco.
  • Day 11 - Cartagena, Spain There are more than two millennia of history to embrace in this port city in Spain's southeastern Murcia region. While Cartagena is famously home to the second-largest Roman amphitheater on the Iberian Peninsula, the city is much more than just spectacular ancient ruins. In addition to Cartagena’s architecture—along with that amphitheater, there are striking Art Nouveau buildings, neoclassical churches and ultramodern edifices throughout the city—you’ll find many opportunities to shop for local and regional artisan wares. In the city, investigate the restored medieval fortress looking out on the bay from the city’s highest point. Or take a short trip by car or bus to the historic Agrupa Vicenta Mines, the remarkable palm forest at Elche and the holy city of Caravaca. And the food of sunny Murcia! Friendly tapas bars with breezy terraces invite lingering over drinks, coffee or snacks. The local restaurants offer more than typical Spanish tapas on the menu—michirones (a spicy Murcian bean stew) and local spins on paella are widely available and worth a try. Grilled octopus, fried calamari, mussels and the freshest fish are some of the tasty benefits of the city’s perch beside the sea.
  • Day 12 - Palma de Mallorca Floating gemlike off Spain's Mediterranean Riviera, these islands offer you pearls, pottery and perfectly sublime sandy beaches. Visit Valldemosa, where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent a romantic winter in 1838.
  • Day 13 - At Sea
  • Day 14 - Civitavecchia (Rome) When you embark on a cruise to Rome with Holland America Line you experience its bustling modernism along with its rich history. You can walk in the footsteps of emperors, have coffee in Renaissance piazzas and see contemporary art all in one afternoon. Your sightseeing time in Rome begins at the nearby port of Civitavecchia, a seaside town with roots that stretch back to the Etruscan era. Take note of the Forte Michelangelo (both Bramante and Michelangelo had a hand in its design), and the lungomare, a lively stretch along the sea with beach clubs, bars and restaurants. Once in the Eternal City you can fill your day with museums, churches, archaeological sites, traditional trattorias, artisan shops and, of course, gelato. The Colosseum and the Vatican Museums are Rome's superstar attractions, but there are plenty of quieter gems to explore. For food lovers there are the markets in Campo de' Fiori or the slightly farther flung Testaccio. The hip neighborhood of Monti, next to the Colosseum, has a vibrant piazza scene and boutique shopping, while the Villa Borghese offers a green oasis with a view towards Saint Peter’s Basilica and the masterpiece-filled Galleria Borghese. Although Rome might not have been built in one day, you'll certainly be able to see its highlights on our Rome cruises along with the top things to do there in 24 hours.
** Itinerary may vary by sailing date.

Onboard experience

Elegant and spacious, Volendam takes her décor cues from the garden. Her grand public spaces are graced with floral fabrics and tapestries, as well as huge vases of fresh floral arrangements. While on board, explore the wonders of nature in BBC Earth Experiences. Enjoy a cooking show or hands-on workshop with America’s Test Kitchen. Relax with a spa treatment at the Greenhouse Salon & Spa. Or dine in one of our selection of fine restaurants.

Facilities

Recreational: Card Room, Outdoor Pool, Club HAL, The Loft, Indoor Pool, Library, The Loft and The Oasis
Fitness: Tennis Court, Gym, Aerobics, Basketball
Other: Reception, Art Gallery, Shopping Gallery, Photo Gallery, Laundry Service, Shore Excursion Office, Boutique, Atrium, Culinary Arts Center, Future Cruise Sales
Food and Drink: Pinnacle Grill, Lido Bar, The Verandah, Queens Room, Explorations Cafe, Piano Bar, Lido Casual Restaurant, Terrace Grill, Rotterdam Dining Room, Canaletto Restaurant
Entertainment: Neptune Lounge, Frans Hals Show Lounge, Crow's Nest, Dance Floor, Photo Gallery, Explorers Lounge, Theatre
Relaxation: Sauna, Whirlpool, Beauty Salon, Massage, Spa, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, Thermal Suite, Lido Pool

Deck layout

Dolphin Deck
Lido Deck
Lower Promenade Deck
Main Deck
Navigation Deck
Promenade Deck
Sky Deck
Sports Deck
Upper Promenade
Verandah Deck

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